Complements you take them when you can, but sometimes, yikes!

I wrote a story some time ago. It was for a project where we had to mimic another author’s style. The sample was repetitive. The character would recite the same statement throughout the narration.

I’d just been to the torture museum in Amsterdam and was still holding the experience in my mind. I came up with the tour guide for the museum. A Tippi Hedren type (Hitchcock’s the birds) in a pale green Chanel and updo, but with Melanie’s (Tippi’s daughter) sweetness. The guide would go about the museum pointing out the advantages between one device and the other, while at the same time mesmerizing the guests with the craftmanship and high-quality components, making extra emphasis on the nonbinding Italian leather. The tour guide would repeat after every description, “but don’t forget your parting gift from the souvenir shop at the end of the tour. “

My sister thought the story funny. She liked it so much she shared it with her oldest son. He apparently found it humorous also, because he rewrote it into a play and with his younger sister presented it at his high school show and tell. To great fanfare, celebration and cheers, he got suspended for three days.

Are you a casualty of your fate, or the architect of your destiny?

The nature versus nurture debate involves whether human behavior is determined by the environment, either prenatal or during a person’s life, or by a person’s genes. The alliterative expression “nature and nurture” in English has been in use since at least the Elizabethan period and goes back to medieval French. Wikipedia

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the one most valuable piece of advice, “it is more painful to be a frustrated writer, than a bad writer.”

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I went to an Irish Catholic School. It was called The Irish Institute. It was and is still run by the Legionaries of Christ. They have several schools in major Mexican Cities and are based in Dublin Ireland with an office in Rome. Most subjects were taught in English. Mexican History was taught in English but Civics in Spanish. Religious instruction in schools though illegal in Mexico was still taught in Spanish. It’d been clearly pointed out in civics class. We were breaking the law.  The priests and brothers had to wear suits. It is not allowed in Mexico for priests to wear their religious cassocks in schools, though it was done anyway on the weekends because technically, school was out.

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confessions al fresco

School started at 7:50 am and ended at 2:15 pm. We had two recesses, one at 10:00 am and the other at 12:00 pm for lunch. We didn’t have homework. That was the justification for the early start. We did our homework at school. We had a uniform; it didn’t change in the 9 years I attended the Institute. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday we would wear gray pants and a white button-down shirt. We had a beige v neck pullover that went along with it. If you had to wear a warm jacket, the sweater had to be underneath, that was the code. On Wednesday we wore white pants, white tee-shirt with The Irish Institute printed in clover leaf green. This was our gymnastics uniform. On Fridays we would wear sports shorts underneath the gray pants, with a green white trimmed v neck jersey and a white clover emblem on the chest. On the First Friday of every month we would wear our dress uniform for mass at 10:00 am. We would still have our sports shorts underneath the dress pants. We wore a green felt jacket with the school emblem on the chest pocket. This was the dress code and if you didn’t get it right, you got sent home to redress.

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Focus on team sports

At the Institute I remember an emphasis on sports and public speaking. I won the public speaking award 5 years in a row, but I was never in the Honor Roll. Sports were a challenge because I didn’t play team sports. By High-school I’d summited the Popocatepetl (17,802’) in Mexico but I still got a low grade in school sports. My mother wouldn’t have it and she took my pictures and achievements to the Dean. He still said, “well, he doesn’t play team sports.”

I learned how to “write” late in life. Writing as a hobby, not as a necessity. I’ve been taking notes for what seems like forever. I’ve kept journals. I’ve written in logbooks and made summaries. But writing for me and for an audience is new. If I needed to list the number one book or text that helped me along the most, it would be “The Artists Way” By Julia Cameron. If further I had to pull out the one most valuable piece of advice, it would be “it is more painful to be a frustrated writer, than a bad writer.” That made me get started. What gave me fuel and topics was the second suggestion I got from the book. The morning pages. I do these religiously. Every morning I write at least 300 stream-of-thought words. These when I look at them in bulk, can point out recurring thoughts worth exploring.

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Writing prompts

I welcome you to the adventure of writing; it involves the whole of you. Your hands and touch, to hold the pen or type. Your ears; we listen to our inner voice as we write. And our eyes to proofread and enjoy. We are aware of our coffee’s aroma. We are totally engaged. Cheers!

Article 3 (of the Mexican Constitution) likewise prohibited ministers or religious groups from aiding the poor, engaging in scientific research, and spreading their teachings. The constitution prohibited churches to own property and transferred all church property to the state, thus making all houses of worship state property.

Article 3.

(1) The education imparted by the Federal State shall be designed to develop harmoniously all the faculties of the human being and shall foster in him at the same time a love of country and a consciousness of international solidarity, in independence and justice.

I. Freedom of religious beliefs being guaranteed by Article 24, the standard which shall guide such education shall be maintained entirely apart from any religious doctrine and, based on the results of scientific progress, shall strive against ignorance and its effects, servitudes, fanaticism, and prejudices. Moreover:

a. It shall be democratic, considering democracy not only as a legal structure and a political regimen, but as a system of life founded on a constant economic, social, and cultural betterment of the people;

b. It shall be national insofar as — without hostility or exclusiveness -it shall achieve the understanding of our problems, the utilization of our resources, the defense of our political independence, the assurance of our economic independence, and the continuity and growth of our culture; and

c. It shall contribute to better human relationships, not only with the elements which it contributes toward strengthening and at the same time inculcating, together with respect for the dignity of the person and the integrity of the family, the conviction of the general interest of society, but also by the care which it devotes to the ideals of brotherhood and equality of rights of all men, avoiding privileges of race, creed, class, sex, or persons.

II. Private persons may engage in education of all kinds and grades. But as regards elementary, secondary, and normal education (and that of any kind or grade designed for laborers and farm workers) they must previously obtain, in every case, the express authorization of the public power. Such authorization may be refused or revoked by decisions against which there can be no judicial proceedings or recourse.

III. Private institutions devoted to education of the kinds and grades specified in the preceding section must be without exception in conformity with the provisions of sections I and II of the first paragraph of this article and must also be in harmony with official plans and programs.

IV. Religious corporations, ministers of religion, stock companies which exclusively or predominantly engage in educational activities, and associations or companies devoted to propagation of any religious creed shall not in any way participate in institutions giving elementary, secondary and normal education and education for laborers or field workers.

V. The State may in its discretion withdraw at any time the recognition of official validity of studies conducted in private institutions.

VI. Elementary education shall be compulsory.

VII. All education given by the State shall be free.

VIII. The Congress of the Union, with a view to unifying and coordinating education throughout the Republic, shall issue the necessary laws for dividing the social function of education among the Federation, the States and the Municipalities, for fixing the appropriate financial allocations for this public service and for establishing the penalties applicable to officials who do not comply with or enforce the pertinent provisions, as well as the penalties applicable to all those who infringe such provisions.

Author/Editor: Eugenio Zorrilla.

Examples of quandary in a Sentence.

I’m in a quandary. You inspired me and I wrote something I am very happy with. I don’t think you will like it. I write about nightmares and horrors, but none the less, I want to thank you for the inspiration. I am pleased with it, as frightening as it is. Cheers!

I’m in a quandary about whether I should try to repair my stereo or buy a new one, even though I don’t have the money to do either.

The unexpected results of the test have created a quandary for researchers.

He was in a quandary [=unsure, confused] about which candidate to choose.



quan·​da·​ry | \ ˈkwän-d(ə-)rē  \plural quandaries

Definition of quandary

a state of perplexity or doubt

Synonyms for quandary


English Language Learners Definition of quandary

formal a situation in which you are confused about what to do .

Author/Editor: Eugenio Zorrilla.

But she also taught me how to put frosting on a cake.

My mother taught me lots of things. I learned about how babies are born. She was an MD. But she also taught me how to put frosting on a cake. She was a waitress in her youth and frosting cakes was a necessary talent, which turned out to be useful in both her careers. Cheers!

My friend gave me a wonderful present. The gift of imagery,

Gifts come in many different forms. Some gifts one asks for, and though technically a present in sentiment, it’s not a surprise.  I was reading some days ago on a blog, and I remember how some gifts can be binding and uncomfortable.

My mother took her life. It’s been difficult to come up with a different picture than her on a gurney. Now, in reconnecting with a friend from high school, who became a doctor now living in a tropical paradise, I’ve come to have a brighter image of my mother. A better ending to her story. Had she had a chance she would have gone to be a doctor in a small village by the sea. I now can see her doing what she loved.

My friend gave me a wonderful present. The gift of imagery, to complete the truncated story of my mother’s life. Cheers.

Author: Eugenio Zorrilla.

We always found something new

I had a really good friend that later turned into a girlfriend. I loved her very much, but then we went back to friends.  There were things I could talk to her the first time we were friends but not the second time, and much less did we bring up what we used to talk about in the middle.  We always found something new.  

Author/Editor: Eugenio Zorrilla.